These must-have car accessories will keep your car smelling cleaner, looking cuter and feeling safer—all without breaking the bank.
Sometimes I feel like I drive more of a garbage truck than a Toyota Corolla…and that’s putting it lightly. It seems like every time I promise myself I’m going to throw away that old fast food bag the next time I run inside, it slips my mind and I’m off to the next adventure.
Then before I know it, my co-workers ask me to drive to lunch and I have to sheepishly apologize for any emotional trauma caused by the horrors they will find in the cup holders, floorboards and back seat. Not to mention the potential physical trauma of riding in the passenger seat while I drive because no one has ever said that I’m the safest driver they know.
If this sounds relatable, here’s a list of fun car accessories under $20. They will keep your set of wheels smelling clean, looking cute and most importantly, feeling safe.
Car Accessories Under $20 That Make You Seem More Together Than You Actually Are
Get Organized for Anything
When you’re officially fed up with saying, “Where’s my *insert extremely important personal item here*” every single time you jump into the car, keep them all in one easy, accessible place with the DashGrip gel pads, which let things cling to your dashboard. The mat is 42 square inches and is easily movable between cars without leaving a sticky residue – $8.32
You Can Even Keep the Trunk Together!
Get this trunk organizer with two heavy duty compartments and three side pockets to arrange all your groceries so that you never have to cry over spilled milk again – $12.33
Multitask From the Driver’s Seat (While Parked, Please)
Become a multi-tasking queen with this steering wheel tray. One side provides a table for all your culinary needs, and the other a desk for your scholarly endeavors. Both sides are extremely useful, just don’t try to use it while driving – $12.99
Avoid Panic When the Police Come Knocking
Save yourself the panic attack and the frantic look of “I swear this is not a stolen car” next time that cop pulls you over for only going five mph over the speed limit and you have absolutely no idea where the registration is. Keep it safe and sound with this glove box organizer – $8.84
Car Accessories that Make You Cuter
Take a Nap Without Mussing Your Hair
For the road trips that have more “are we there yets” than pit stops, or when you just need to take a quick nap on your lunch break, get comfy with a leather car neck pillow.- $10.99
Your Car Wants to Look Cute Too
Give your car that certain Katy Perry quality that it’s missing but absolutely needs with these matching wheel, hand brake, and gear shift covers. Not only are they cute, but they also protect your hands from being scalded in the summer time – $13.99
It’s Possible to Sound Cuter Too
Be ready for a flash mob anywhere at any time with this wireless Bluetooth music player. Or, you know, if you don’t have flash mobs every day like I do, it also supports hands-free calls, GPS voice navigation and charges your phone – $15.99
Car Accessories Under $20 That Keep You Safer
Who Needs a Boyfriend Now?
Never find yourself stranded on the side of the road calling every friend you’ve ever had and that guy you only went on one date with. Save yourself the awkwardness with this Fix a Flat. It can inflate a tire and seal most punctures in seconds – $5.72.
Avoid Those Icky Too-Close Moments
For those times when you’re in an exit only lane on the highway and you were too busy singing along to Rihanna to pay attention to the signs until the last minute, switch lanes safely and avoid accidents with this helpful blind spot mirror. The 2” mirrors are easy to install and are adjustable by 360 degrees – $6.63
Take Control of Your Tires (Before Someone Else Tells You To)
When your nosy neighbor who means well points out that your front driver’s side tire looks a little flat, stay cool under pressure and make sure your tires are ready to roll with this digital tire gauge . The digital display instantly shows the reading for quick and accurate measurements of your tire’s pressure – $10.79
Become an Escape Artist
Feel like an undercover spy with this key chain that doubles as a car escape tool, for an easy escape from worst case scenarios. It comes equipped with a seat belt cutter and a window breaker, and it comes in different colors too – $10.95
Shine Brighter Than You Thought Possible
Keep your headlights shining brighter than your middle school smile after you got your braces off with a headlight restoration kit. Cleansing the headlight lens, this kit allows the lights to shine vibrantly and keeps your car looking brand new. And the best part? It can all be done by hand, no tools required – $15.99
Keep a Record of It All
For the time when you swear the fender bender was actually not your fault and that guy totally cut you off, have this dashboard camcorder rolling and ready to prove your innocence to all the non-believers. It records automatically when the car turns on, so you won’t even have to worry about turning it on – $15.99
Car Accessories Under $20 that Keep Things Fresher
Choose an Attractive Air Freshener
For when that new car smell has aged into more of a “I’m not sure when you bought this car but it may have been before I was born” smell, liven it up with a cute air freshener. It dresses up the rearview mirror and as an added bonus, works as a lei if you get invited to an impromptu luau – $4.77.
Engage Your Inner Cinderella
Feel like Cinderella and keep your pumpkin carriage looking worthy of a princess with a car duster that’ll remove dust from your car’s most intricate details. Unfortunately singing birds and cute mice not included. – $7.99
Keep Stuff Out of Those Hard to Reach Places
Drop anything like it’s hot (including French fries fresh out of the bag) and the Drop Stop will keep it from disappearing into the abyss between your car seats. Installation is super simple, and it moves back and forth with seat adjustments – $9.88
Keep Sand Out of All Places
Next beach day, throw these rubber floor mats in your ride so you can avoid repeatedly reminding everyone to rinse their feet before getting in, only to have to thoroughly vacuum the car afterwards and somehow still find sand next December. – $14.95
And, Finally, the Car Accessory This Author Needs
This TrashStand litter basket is the perfect way to say “I might have a garbage collection in my car but at least I don’t throw it in the floorboards anymore so I have my life together.” Toss anything in there, because the leak proof interior prevents spills and the grip strips keep it from tipping – $15.99